If you are an Acoustics Geek please read on, as this post relates to our most recent acoustic treatment implementation. While even some very large established commercial studios have put developing equipment ahead of acoustics, we know that a $40,000 mic is not going to overcome even a great instrument played in a poor sounding room. It will always be better to track with an average microphone in a great room, then a studio filled with premium equipment with poor acoustics. We never put the acquisition of components ahead of room acoustics, as the interaction of instrument and the environment is the most critical. In turn we have invested thousands of $ into acoustics. We began for example with installing over 40 acoustic broadband absorption panels. We have been furthermore acquiring and implementing the optimal balance of acoustic QRD, Fractal, and Binary acoustic diffusion. These approaches yield a room that sounds lively, larger than its dimensions (without echo), and a relatively flat response across the sound frequency spectrum.
So, these last few weeks, I have been working on several projects.
1) I bought 2 large approx 9'x6' and 2 smaller 6'x4' ceiling clouds that were custom built by Acoustech in NH. Despite buying them, they still need to be mounted and I can't leave well enough alone, so I had to add about 3-6 inches of Roxul broadband absorption to them. Sounds good but required adding additional support as now they weigh about 30-40lbs each. I will be hanging them over the drum kit and in the center of the tracking room with diffusion across the front. Pics below will show the final product goal.